A picture is worth a thousand words but can it express a state of mind? I think so and that’s your challenge this week.

Photos show us the surface of things, but they often tell much deeper stories about the objects they depict — and about the people who take them.

Danielle Hark, the Founder of the Broken Light Collective has stated that photography was a powerful tool, both personally and therapeutically. It helped bring light to certain mood states and areas of life that she could not articulate with words.

Have you ever looked back on your photos and realised that the image captured a mood at the time? This is a thinking and reflective challenge. Have a look through your images and see if you can pick your mood or state of mind just from the way you shot and/or edited the subject.

Every photo we take says something about our emotions at the moment of taking it. So this week, share an image where you see a particularly strong connection between what we see and what you felt as you pressed that shutter button. If you are so inclined, you can share what the photo represents or how it expresses a mood. Or, you can just put it out there and let each of us, coloured by our own unique perceptions, values and experiences to decide what mood the image reflects. Here are a few of mine, some with descriptions, other you will need to make your own assessment.

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Immediately behind me, as I took this image, was utter chaos. I had just witnessed the combined impact of four ambulances, several police vehicles, two care flight helicopters, several surf lifesavers, surfers and shocked beach goers all experiencing the horror of multiple victim drowning or potential drowning. Seven tourists, wading in knee deep water with their phones in selfie mode taking shots of the setting sun were hit by a rogue Cape Woolamai wave and carried out to sea. Only two surfers were out in the water and they did everything they could to save them all. Four required hospitalisation, two were care flighted to Melbourne Hospitals and one passed away.

Behind me less than 5 meters away, an ambulance with doors open wide facing the setting sun, sat two ambulance officers desperately engaged in CPR to salvage a life that was slipping away. This was the only shot I could post from that night. I consciously wanted to replace the disturbing scene with one that was deliberately peaceful and solitary.

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Not the best of days. I remember this was a particularly trying day at work, things were chaotic at home and I had injured my back the day before and found moving and walking painful. I saw the sunflowers as I was leaving work and decided that, regardless of the pain, I wanted a shot of these flowers. I took a lot of shots in the flower patch but, as I reflect back on that day, this one depicts my state of mind at the time.
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WEEKLY CHALLENGE – STATE OF MIND
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